Students in this course will be exposed to cutting-edge issues in the field of juvenile justice, including recent Supreme Court cases that have forbidden capital punishment for juvenile offenders and have limited the sentence of life without parole for this population. The course will also familiarize students with practicing law in a juvenile court setting through an in-depth study of the various stages of a delinquency case. Both criminal law and criminal procedure issues will be discussed in relation to juvenile offenders, and students will learn about the historic origins of the juvenile court. Grading will be based on writing assignments rather than an exam; this course may satisfy the upper level writing requirement.
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